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anima

Latin, fem., "soul." The unconscious, feminine side of a man's personality. She is personified in dreams by images of women ranging in nature from harlot and seductress to divine Wisdom and spiritual guide. She is the Eros principle in men. Identification with the anima causes a man to become moody and resentful. Projection of the anima accounts for a man's falling in love. A man's anima development is reflected in how he relates to others.
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Definition copyright © Daryl Sharp, condensed from: C. G. Jung Lexicon: A Primer of Terms and Concepts (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts)

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